Giving Thanks

386This morning in the grocery store, there seemed to be a bit more stress as people shopped for their Thanksgiving items. I heard several people ask if they knew if other locations still had certain items. I overheard one couple deciding if the 88 pound turkey would be big enough!

For some, a holiday week can be stressful. Travel plans, dinner plans and how to balance blended family visits.

Today, my prayer is for us to slow down. No speed reading! Perhaps, make a list of people you would like to thank on Thanksgiving day.

I say that I am always thankful to God, but this morning I realized that I don’t share that with Him often enough. Oh sure, in my speed prayers, I say those words but this weekend I really want to let God know. In my prayer journal at church tonight, I am writing out my prayer of thanks to God.

Blessings for your day with my sincere thanks for being here as we continue to discover and share God’s grace, faith, hope and love.

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”

- 1 Chronicles 29:13

Spiritual Speed Readng

DSCF4005I’m sure most of us have read  articles about how our eyes and minds seem to fill in the blanks of sentences where there are intentional misspellings. Sometimes, even entire paragraphs!

After posting Transition yesterday (thank you all for the great comments…which wonderfully help to complete a writing), I realized how quickly I read the scripture and then went on with my day.

God guided me back to the scripture. For me, the strongest word in the verse is “commanded”. Not reminded. Not don’t forget. Not put up a post-it note.

Commanded.

As my week of transition continues, I  thank God for being patient with me, even though I am often impatient with Him. He reminds me that wherever I go, He is with me. He commands me to remember and trust in His truth.

My prayer is for us to focus on this verse again today. Wherever we go.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

- Joshua 1:9

 

Transition

DSCF2814-1In prayer this morning, I asked God to reveal the title and the supporting scripture for this post about something we all have in common.

This has been a week of change and challenge for me but as I think and pray about the changes, God gave me the word, transition.

We all face changes and challenges in our lives which can be unexpected (As I wrote about in “Around the Curve” to honor Deb and Mike and their mission in Africa.)

How do we face unexpected change or be a gentle witness for someone having that experience?

One of the most important factors in making a healthy transition is to seek support. As a gentle witness, we can assure another person they are not alone! We can assist them in forming a supportive team of family, friends and if needed, professional care. We can assist them in forming a supportive spiritual team.

Change and challenges can be frightening, especially if one is alone.

If you feel that way today or know someone in that situation, the verse below may help begin the conversation:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

- Joshua 1:9

 

Just A Normal Day

DSCF2883-1I have been thinking about the normal day Peter and Andrew were having when their lives were forever changed. Standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, they were casting their nets, “for they were fishermen.”

- Matthew 1: 18

I imagine them having a normal breakfast before leaving to work. I can picture them talking about their results and what they hoped to accomplish that day.

When Jesus spoke to them, “at once they left their nets and followed him.”

- Matthew 1: 20

In this message, I see how just another day might be a life changing event.

What if we heard God whisper to us today? What if, as a gentle witness, we shared God’s promise of faith, hope and love?

What if?

 

A Gentle Book Launch

IMG_2099For the past few days I have been thinking about the best title for this post, which have included:

What if I wrote a book and no one knew?

How not to launch a book in 6 months or less!

This morning, while talking with God, we decided on A Gentle Book Launch which really is descriptive of where I have been and where I am.

I hope you will notice the changes to my blog which now link my Amazon author page which has my bio and both books. In addition, please take the time to look at (and share!) the Media Coverage tab at the top of the page.

Since this is truly A Gentle Book Launch, I would like your help in letting people know  Gentle Witnessing is now available! While similar to Discovering and Sharing Grace in devotional style, we further explore and encourage the importance of being a gentle witness. Reviews are greatly appreciated!

As mentioned here previously, I am so honored to have a poem by Daniel Trosper included  with this collection of inspiring devotionals!

Thank you so much. God guided this launch and although quite different, obviously abundantly blessed.

Blessed  by you who continue to discover and share God’s grace.

Mission Bell

DSCF2888This week, God encouraged me to think about the meaning of the word, mission. It started on my commute home from work when I was thinking about wanting to hear the Salvation Army bell again in front of my grocery store. As I stepped out of my car that evening in the parking lot, guess what I heard?

As you know, I have been away from my writing mission lately. I have missed being here and look forward to getting back to where God wants me to be.

What is our mission?

When I think of mission, my thoughts and prayers often focus on Mike and Deb in Uganda.

http://www.onecityministries.org

How did Mike and Deb start a mission in Uganda? Why would they give up everything they owned?

One definition of mission could be the word, calling.

In one of Dan’s poems, he writes about “waiting on a whisper.” A whisper? A bell? A calling?

My friends Gil and Lee have also been called! I have a feeling this will be the beginning of many missions on their walk of faith. To learn more about their journey, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/gileeDR

What is our mission?

As we enter the season of Christmas, I pray for us to talk with God about the mission He has planned for us. May we also lift one another up in prayer as we discover our missions and take those steps.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all  peoples.”

- Psalm 96-3